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(Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images) Donovan McNabb
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(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Donovan McNabb /

Donovan McNabb

While in no way will Donovan McNabb will go down as a Viking when fans remember his career, it’s worth noting how lackluster his short-lived tenure in purple ended up being. Traded from Washington for a sixth-round pick that turned into Pro Bowl running back Alfred Morris, McNabb was downright horrific in Minnesota.

A franchise player in Philadelphia, the six-time Pro Bowler opened up the 2011 season for Minnesota as the starter in a post-Brett Favre world for the Vikings. Simply not being able to win, his 1-5 record paved the way for the then head coach Leslie Frazier to bench McNabb in favor of rookie quarterback Christian Ponder.

McNabb would request and later granted a release from Minnesota, hoping to latch on to a team that could have used him as a starter or backup. McNabb said that “maybe teams could use my services.” He never played another down in the NFL, and his tenure with the Vikings largely played a reason why.